Robert Macfarlane was born in Oxford in 1976 and is a writer, critic and academic. After studying at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford, and teaching in Beijing, he was made Fellow in English Literature at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, in 2002. At Cambridge, he teaches and lectures on Anglo-American fiction since 1945, post-modern theory, literature and environmentalism, and the history of the novel. His Ph.D. was on George Eliot, Charles Dickens and Oscar Wilde.
His books include The Wild Places (2007), Original Copy (2007), and The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot (2012). He writes regularly on fiction for, among other publications, the Times Literary Supplement, The Sunday Times, The London Review of Books, and The Observer.
He currently lives in Cambridge.